UC Irvine has been invited again this year by the Rita Allen Foundation to nominate a candidate for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program, which provides support for research scientists in the early stages of their careers (i.e. Assistant Professor level appointment), in the areas of cancer, immunology and neuroscience.

The Foundation’s process is highly competitive; applications are reviewed and scored by the Rita Allen Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee which is comprised of leading scientists and clinicians.  Finalists are invited to an interview with members of the Committee to provide an overview of their proposed research.  Researchers ultimately selected will be designated as Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, and the affiliated institution will receive financial support from the Foundation of up to $110,000 annually, for a period of 5 years.

UCI may nominate only one candidate; therefore interested applicants (or their nominator) are asked to submit a preliminary application to my office (via UCI Review), with the following information by November 18, 2016:

  • Brief proposal (up to three pages), including ½ page description of the current state of applicant’s field and how their research will impact the field
  • Biosketch or abbreviated CV (no more than two pages)
  • List of 5 individuals who will be called on to draft required letters of support (names/titles only please, no need to solicit letters at this time).  Two of these must be from outside UCI
  • List of past, current and pending awards or other support (this is a requirement of the foundation that may affect their review and so it is necessary for the internal committee to also evaluate)

Following receipt of the internal applications, an ad hoc committee will be convened to review the proposals.  The selected candidate will be notified in ample time to meet the December 9, 2016 deadline for the required institutional letter of inquiry.  Full proposals are due January 20, 2017.

For more information about the program, please visit http://www.ritaallen.org/foundation-scholars.htm. Questions about the internal review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at greg.ruth@uci.edu or x4-0372.